BRIDGEWATER, Va. Bridgewater College used strong pitching to stifle the Southern Virginia Softball team's bats, and pushed the Knights to two losses 3-0 and 6-2. SVU could only tally 4-hits all afternoon, and only got one hit in the first game.
Bridgewater snuffed out the Knights in the first game, as they tacked on three runs in the first inning. The three runs would be all the Eagles needed, as pitching was the name of the game for the day. The hosts struck out SVU 13-times in the first game, and shut down any offensive ideas the Knights had.
Kyla Christmas had a strong outing in the first game as she recovered from the first inning scoring to limit the Eagles' bats. Christmas gave up only the three hits from the first inning, and then shut out the hosts the rest of the game. Unfortunately the Knights offense could not get the runs Christmas needed for the win.
SVU was again in a hole in the first inning of the second game, as the Eagles sent three runners home. The three runs would be all that Bridgewater would need for the rest of the game. Unlike the first game, the Eagles were able to find more run support for their pitcher.
The Knights' bats awoke a little as they recorded three hits for the afternoon. Christmas, Abbie Baxter and Arianne Holmes were able to get on base via a hit. A sacrifice hit in the top of the fifth helped give the Knights to runs to get the close to the Eagles at 4-2. Bridgewater closed the door on the Knights in the bottom of the fifth, as they tacked on another run and then scored again in the sixth inning.
With the losses the Knights fall to 21-9. SVU is scheduled to return to action April 24 when they travel to play at Virginia State.